A significant portion of German development cooperation (DC) takes the form of bilateral cooperation. There are currently 65 partner countries. The BMZ is responsible for the strategic, policy-based management of these efforts. Information and evidence on just how effective measures are on the ground and where needs for strategic action exist are essential to enabling suitable planning, steering and review of such cooperation.
By contrast, the information currently available is inadequate to adequately assess the bilateral DC portfolio. Various measures are currently aimed at addressing this evidence gap. In future, country portfolio evaluations (CPEs) will aim to serve in this context as an important instrument for generating evidence to facilitate strategic decision-making and reflection processes.
DEval is set to develop a CPE format taking into account the existing experience gained for instance from performing country portfolio reviews. Piloting is to take place in Peru.